Demba Ba Contract Situation Not As Simple As Being Reported


Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was asked about Demba Ba on Saturday and he wisely had little to say.

Demba Ba in action on Wednesday evening

It came out during a Harry Redknapp news conference on Friday that there was a a rumor of a buy-out clause in Demba  Ba’s contract at Newcastle, and there was a distinct lack of class in Harry and the reporters discussing it openly in front of TV cameras.

And Alan has this to say about a story that was all the news on Saturday,  with the player himself traveling to join up with the Senegal staff for the African Cup of  Nations due to start on January 21st:

“I thought, listening to the conversation, that the media tripped him up a little bit, Harry.”

“You don’t want to end up talking about other players in the transfer window and I am sure he probably regrets that a little bit.”

“He’s a Newcastle player, he has been brilliant for us and that’s all I want to say, really.'”

Alan was right about Harry being tripped up a bit,  because the Spurs manager was not the one to bring up the release clause, it was one of the reporters and Harry simply followed up by saying he had heard that rumor too.

And that  clause has been widely reported on Saturday to be £10M, but we think that’s nothing more than a glorified guess by the press.

There have been several reports that Newcastle will now move quickly to offer Ba a new contract.

That would seem to be the best and easiest thing for Newcastle to do,  but that may not be as easy as it sounds, because for one thing he’s off in Africa, and our concern is why was the release clause in the contract in the first place.

Usually it’s for the player’s benefit,  that if a certain fee is offered then the club have to accept it, and in most cases the release clause plays against the club who have the player, because they can usually can get a lot more for the player.

That was certainly the case when Newcastle got  Yohan Cabaye at Lille, so we’re not too sure it’s as easy as is being reported.

Newcastle were quoted £12M for Cabaye  a year before they got him last summer, and before they learned he had a release clause of €5M in his Lille contract, which the Tyneside club activated.

However, with nothing coming from the Newcastle club,  we would assume there is some clause in Ba’s contract and we trust that Newcastle will do all they can to remedy the situation.

Newcastle are getting themselves into a very strong financial position, and they will need money coming in from big transfers out of the club less and less.

It will now become important for Newcastle to build a top side so the club can again enter into European competition and bring more money and prestige into the club that way.

We almost think that could be what Mike Ashley thinks too.

Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.



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84 comments so far

  • Scottishtoon95

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #1

    eds posted a new article are we going to post comments here now?

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  • mashearer

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #2

    f – if we get one of this 15 seconds “highlight” i will be so pissed

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  • YOY_Yorkshire

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Not sure of this clause business… Clearly if he is on a pay as you play contract then a get out clause seems reasonable. But the question is should all players be on a such a contract i.e. Performance driven pay?

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  • JackButler

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Heard the clause is if we were relegated, not just a buy out clause as shuch, he had a similar one at West Ham but Gold and co we dull enough to allow him to leave for free if they went down

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  • Niff in the USA

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #5

    I think it’s a relegation clause personally. But no one knows.

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  • gorgonzola

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Ill be here

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  • Scottishtoon95

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #7

    yeah should now tie him down to a new contract -the stupid clause.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #8

    The only thing that is making this programme bearable is that I dont know a lot of the results.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #9

    The thing with these clauses is they can be for a named team, so if Madrid or Barca came in for him he could go for example. They are never clear cut and as simple as people think they are

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  • Scottishtoon95

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #10

    JB and niff in usa
    you are the only 1s saying this, hope you’re right though, would have been more sensible by board.

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  • yorkshireToon

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #11

    no watching the show now, im taping it and waiting for someone to say we’re on.. as it been mentioned that we are one of the games coming on soon ?

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  • mashearer

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #12

    wow this is starting to piss me off

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  • gorgonzola

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #13

    STILL NO NUFC!

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  • Scottishtoon95

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #14

    when does it actually end?

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  • Cheickn Stevens

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #15

    No mention of us whatsoever…

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #16

    jb i think ya spot on about it being a relegation clause bcoz if u think at the time he signed everyone tipped us to struggle

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  • gorgonzola

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #17

    This is turning out like a long 3 hrs crap Hollywood movie or a 5 day cricket game with rain delay , naahh actually I would rather watch the pitch get wet on a rainy day…

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  • JackButler

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Scottishtoon95 – Dont think that Ashley would be that stupid tbh. Ba’s record in Germany and with West Ham showed everyone that he was a class player, and Ashley didn’t become a billionaire by accident

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #19

    on the clause, dont ya just love agents, hahaha, will fcuk u right up, all so they can make a buck

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  • Scottishtoon95

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #20

    davybtoon
    thats what i was saying, if so will be funny telling the media and other managers determined that we’ll lose him.

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  • Ashton

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #21

    I thought Ashley was supposed to be a savvy businessman! I guess I was wrong.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #22

    @davybtoon – Would love Dirty Harry to come in with 10mil only to be told to f**k off as there’s a relegation clause and nothing else

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #23

    I think every player has clause in their contract these days,the better the player the more the clause is in their favour I suppose,if your paying a player a150 grand a week theres no way he’s going for 10 million,so these players we’ve took a risk on with former injuries for a lower wage (and possibly a pay as you play) are going to have more favourable clauses to their advantage in their contracts.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #24

    i cant see ashly n dl backing down with agents on a release clause

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 7, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Sc95
    we might be on soon

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  • Scottishtoon95

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #26

    exactly JackButler

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #27

    What

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  • gorgonzola

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #28

    we could be up shortly Scottish

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  • Scottishtoon95

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #29

    jfa you reckon i could put it on now

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  • Scottishtoon95

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #30

    cheers gorgo

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #31

    We must be on last, matty phillips looks class btw 7 in 4 games

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  • gorgonzola

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #32

    we are up!!!!!

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  • Thump

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #33

    I expected more than that but both goals were stunners.

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  • Super Simmo Strikes Again

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #34

    WHAT A GOAL BY BEN ARFA! JUST SAW IT!

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #35

    haha both the goals where class

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  • mashearer

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #36

    fuk just 10 seconds!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Toonboy_83

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #37

    BEEN WAITING OVER AN HOUR FOR 20 SECONDS?????????????????????????????????????????

    I HATE ITV WITH A PASSION

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  • Ponderous Pardew

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #38

    Oh….. wow…. shoddy show.

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  • gorgonzola

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #39

    omfg what a goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 8, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #40

    davy
    What makes you think they backed down,they may well have been totally complicit.

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